Forum Officials meet to discuss 2015 work plan

On 10-11 December the Forum Officials Committee (FOC), the governing council of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, will meet for two days in Suva, Fiji.

The Committee will consider the Secretariat’s 2015 Budget and Work Programme as well as the status of ongoing work at the Forum Secretariat to implement the Framework for Pacific Regionalism amongst other matters.

“This would be my first meeting since being appointed by Forum Leaders in July, and I am very pleased to be able to attend the Budget and Work Programme session of the Forum Officials Committee. This is an important occasion for the Members to consider the 2015 budget and work programme for the Secretariat as well as the Secretariat’s work under its Corporate Plan,” said Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat. “I also look forward to Members’ consideration of progress made by the Secretariat to date in implementing the Framework for Pacific Regionalism.”

Coinciding with International Human Rights Day (10 December) and the end of the “16 Days of Activism” campaign, the Forum Secretariat will also launch the White Ribbon Campaign at the Forum Officials Committee meeting.

“The White Ribbon Campaign is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity,” says Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

“In launching this initiative, we hope this will be the first step toward fostering a secretariat wide culture and practice of addressing violence against women and we will celebrate with our men, who will pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.”

The meeting held at the Secretariat’s Headquarters will be attended by senior officials of Pacific Islands Forum member countries and Associate Members as well as representatives from agencies of the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP).

Media are invited to send a reporter and camera person/photographer to cover these events:

The official opening of the Forum Officials Committee Session and Morning tea to Launch the PIFS White Ribbon Campaign Initiative:
Time: 8.00am to 10.30 am
Date: 10 December, 2014
Venue: Main Conference Centre, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Headquarters, Suva, Fiji

Press Conference and Cocktail reception to officially welcome PIFS Secretary General Dame Meg Taylor
Time: From 6.00pm
Date: 10 December, 2014
Venue: Main Conference Centre, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Headquarters, Suva, Fiji

Please confirm your attendance by 5pm, Tuesday, 9 December, 2014 through email: media@forumsec.org or contact:
Mereseini Tuivuniwai, Communications Officer, +679 9998677 or
Diane Abad-Vergara: Communications Adviser, +679 8685166

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